Post class 10 boards, the one question that students are haunted with on a daily basis is the stream that they are going to choose for their future career. With science, commerce and humanities being the three options that are available to them, most students make this choice based on their cumulative interest and knack as well as the career they intend to pursue.
Once a student has given their 12th board exams, there comes the crucial point wherein they have to decide which college they would want to pursue their graduation in. With thousands of colleges and universities affiliated to the UGC, making a pick becomes a very difficult choice.
This article brings to you a cumulative ranking of the top 25 colleges of India. These ranking have been made after taking into consideration all the three steams. Thus, irrespective of what your stream of choice might be, you may want to go through this list before deciding on your dream college (for graduation studies, postgraduation studies, MPhil, PhD or even for add-on certification courses).
1. Miranda House, New Delhi
This college is known to excel in co-curricular activities for generations now. By giving the students a host of choice with respect to the hobby that they want to indulge in, the college ensures that one lays their focus only on what they are good at so they can excel in that area.
There are a number of student clubs here that train students and organise a number of fests and competitions for the students to display their talent. The fee structure here is a mere Rs 12,600 on an annual basis.
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2. St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi
Here the average fee is Rs 10,600 per year. This college is well-reputed for offering a host of electives to its students. This ensures that the students are allowed to study exactly what they desire and that puts them in a career track of their choice. St. Stephen's College has a host of illustrious alumni to its credit.
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3. Bishop Heber College (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli
As of 2018, this college offers 68 different courses to its students and the average fee of the same stands at a value that is close to Rs 31,000 per year. With a sprawling campus that is spread over a large area, this institute ensures that the students are offered a large number of electives.
The college also encourages the students to go on study trips and excursions so that they are able to apply what they learn inside the classroom to the world beyond. Since this college is located far away from the hustle and bustle of a typical metro, the focus of the students here is solely on academics and they are not subjected to any form of distraction.
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4. Hindu College, New Delhi
The average fee here is Rs 15,370. Considering the infrastructure and academic facilities that are offered, the figure is pretty small. In fact, it is the infrastructure and library facilities of this institution that draw students to this place.
This in turn results in extreme high cut-off for admission to this place. The faculty of this place are equally well-reputed with most of them possessing a doctorate degree in their respective disciplines.
Visit Us At: Hindu College, New Delhi
5. Presidency College (Autonomous), Chennai
This college ensures that the students are grounded to their roots and inculcate a strong sense of culture within its premises. The NCC and NSS wings of the college are also very active and students are encouraged to participate in the same. The fee structure here is pretty low and stands at a value that is close to Rs 2,000 per year. The placement scene here is also pretty commendable.
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6. Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai
This institution offers very good internship opportunities to its students. The quality of teaching in this institution is pretty good and a practical and inquisitive approach is inculcated amongst the students. The fee structure here is Rs 22,800 per year. The placement scene here is pretty decent with companies like LSSS, LISSTAR and LIMCOS being regular visitors to the campus.
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7. Shri Ram College Of Commerce, New Delhi
The numbers of courses that are offered in this college are lesser than most other colleges in this list. However, it is the sheer quality of education here that ensures that the college makes its way to the list. The average fee structure here stands at a value that is close to Rs 30,000 per year.
Every year a number of graduates of this institution are seen to crack exams like the IAS, IPS, CA and CS.
Visit Us At: Shri Ram College Of Commerce, New Delhi
8. Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi
This is one college that focuses on discipline and students are forced to maintain certain decorum. Over the years this becomes their way of life and by the time these students graduate they become much better organised citizens.
The fee structure here has an average value of Rs 19,100. For students who cannot afford the same, scholarships are given out in order to ensure that those women do not lose out in terms of quality of education merely due to the lack of money.
Visit Us At: Lady Shri Ram College For Women, New Delhi
9. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah
The fee structure here varies from an average of Rs 7200 for arts to Rs 18,000 for science. Scholarships are given to poor students who cannot afford the same. The internship opportunities that are offered to the students are also commendable.
Most of the deserving candidates land themselves with internships that provide them with stipends as well. Other than internships, the placement scene here is equally commendable. Mass recruiters, like TCS and CTS, visit the college campus on a regular basis in order to recruit the students.
Visit Us At: Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandira, Howrah
10. Madras Christian University, Chennai
This college is known for its very high cut-off in times of admissions (this is particularly true in the case of students from the general category background). The fee structure here is about Rs 18,700 on an annual basis. This college is very modern in its teaching-learning approach and offers a lot of flexibility to its students in terms of learning facilities.
The Choice Based Credit System that the institution incorporated few years back is one of the most progressive decisions to be taken by any educational institution in the country (in the recent past).
Visit Us At: Madras Christian University, Chennai
11. PSG College Of Arts And Sciences, Coimbatore
This college offers 112 different courses and has average fee of Rs 1265 per year. The college has a culture of research and encourages its students to participate in conferences and technical symposiums that are frequently organised in the campus premises.
Most of the faculty of this college are PhD degree holders. The college also ensures that the student to teacher ratio is maintained and each student is given individual attention that they deserve.
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12. Lady Irwin College, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
This institution conducts its own entrance test for admissions to the college. The same is held both online as well as offline. There is a lot of cut-throat competition for admission to this coveted institution.
The fee structure here is somewhere close to Rs 35,000 per year. This is a college that is exclusively dedicated to the education of women in the country.
Visit Us At: Lady Irwin College, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
13. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, New Delhi
Here the fee structure is about Rs 11,500 per year on an average. The college has a very well-equipped library with over 10,000 books to its credit. Sports facilities here are also commendable and most of the students here indulge in some sort of physical activity.
The gym facilities in this institution are the envy of many. The college is also well-reputed for providing excellent internship facilities to its students.
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14. Atma Ram Sanatan Dharam College, New Delhi
The average course fee here stands at a value of Rs 9582 on an annual basis. The college has excellent infrastructure and its laboratory facilities are particularly commendable. This works in favour of students who are pursuing a degree in science from this coveted institution.
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15. Gargi College, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
The admissions to this college are based on the marks that you score in your class 12 board exams. The college is well known for its fests and parties. The canteen and other facilities here are also commendable. The fee structure here is close to Rs 9,000 per year.
Visit Us At: Gargi College, University Of Delhi, New Delhi
16. PSGR Krishnammal College For Women, Coimbatore
On an average over 100 companies visit the campus of this college every year for placement purposes. There is immense competition amongst the girls of this institution to bag the best of jobs in terms of placements. The fee structure here is practically non-existent with the values being less than Rs 1000 on an annual basis.
Visit Us At: PSGR Krishnammal College For Women, Coimbatore
17. St. Xavier’s College (Autonomous), Kolkata
This was one of the first colleges in the country to incorporate digital learning. This college insists on its students engaging in some sort of internship during their fifth or sixth semesters. With companies like EY, Microsoft, Deloitte and Infosys visiting the campus, the placement scene here is commendable to say the least.
The fee structure here stands at an average value of Rs 42,000 per year. If a student is meritorious and unable to afford the same, scholarships are arranged for them.
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18. University College, Thiruvananthapuram
This institute has a rich array of faculty members to its credit who have a rich array of experiences to their credit. The teacher to student ratio in this institution is also commendable. The fee structure here is nominal and stands at less than Rs 1000 per year. This institute focuses on merit and only the best of the best students make their way here.
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19. Fergusson College (Autonomous), Pune
The average fee here is Rs 1,850 per year. Every year about 50 companies visit the campus for placement-related activities. This ensures that at least 70% of the students sitting for placements land themselves with jobs before they leave the college campus. The course curriculum here is such that each student has about six hours of lectures every day.
In addition to that, students who are pursuing a degree in science have practical classes three times a week. The final year students of the college are expected to do project work as well. However, there are not many internship opportunities available to the students.
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20. Kirori Mal College, New Delhi
This is another institution that believes in the fact that money should not come in the way of quality education. That is why the average fee structure in this institution, located in the northern campus of the Delhi University, is way lesser than that of the national average (its value is less than Rs 10,000 per year).
The college is designed very articulately and the three lawns (namely the Ashoka lawn, Library lawn and Canteen lawn) ensure that the students have enough space to indulge in a social life of their choice.
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21. Hansraj College, New Delhi
Companies like Flipkart and TCS are the ones that keep visiting the campus of Hansraj College every year in order to recruit students. All of that ensures that the college ends up with an overall placement percentage that is greater than 80.
This is not a one-time exception and the same trend has been seen to exist for the last three years. The highest placement here has gone up to 2 crores. The fee structure here stands at an average value of Rs 19,200 per year.
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22. Women’s Christian College, Chennai
The average fee here is about Rs 22,500 per year. Admission to this institute is through a dedicated entrance test and only the best of the best make their way here. Women graduating from this place are seen to succeed in all walks of life.
This is because this college focuses on a holistic approach to learning and the foundations of all the three streams of study are laid very firmly in this centre for excellence in women's education.
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23. Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, New Delhi
This college gives a lot of coaching opportunities to students who want to pursue a career in civil or administrative studies. This type of coaching is given to interested students from any discipline after the usual college hours.
The average fee structure for all the courses that are offered in this institution stands at somewhere close to Rs 15,000.
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24. Sri Venkateswara College, New Delhi
The fee structure here is approximately Rs 11,800 per year. Located in the southern campus of the Delhi University, the institution ensures that all its students have very good memories when they leave this place.
The college has a number of celebrity-visits round the year. Celebrities like Ashish Nehra, Suresh Nehra and Yuvraj Singh are alumni of this coveted institution and play a major role in nurturing cricketing talent here. All of this ensures that the cricket team of this college is amongst the best in North India.
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25. Dyal Singh College, New Delhi
The average fee here is about Rs 13,000 per year. The college has a commendable placement scene. About 60% of the students who sit for placements end up with jibs and their average package is about 5 to 6 lakhs.
Top-notch companies like Yahoo, Uber and KMC visit the campus every year to recruit its students. The focus in this college is exclusively on education and students of this institution are seen to indulge in political or other activities.
Visit Us At: Dyal Singh College, New Delhi